[Hpn] Shelter finds injured infants

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Shelter finds injured infants
Longmont fathers charged with breaking bones of babies
By Christine Reid (Contact)

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Saturday, December 29, 2007=20

A 23-year-old father is accused of breaking his 4-month-old son's legs =
-- the second report of significant infant abuse this month at a =
homeless shelter for families in Longmont.

Carlos Eduardo Castillo-Lopez was advised of his rights Friday by a =
judge at the Boulder County Jail following his arrest the day before at =
the Atwood Shelter, 819 Atwood St.

Police say Castillo-Lopez broke his baby boy's fibia bones near his =
knees by shaking him while he was in his car seat. Castillo-Lopez is =
being held in lieu of $15,000 bond, and is scheduled to be charged =
Wednesday.

Earlier this month, Jetley Dikkers, 26, was charged with eight felony =
child-abuse charges after being accused of breaking his 8-month-old =
stepson's skull, ribs and femur, as well as lacerating the baby's liver. =
He is being jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Dikkers is slated to be in court Feb. 7 for a preliminary hearing.

The arrests are concerning to those running the shelter, said Terry =
Benjamin, director of nonprofit Emergency Family Assistance Association, =
which operates the facility.

"We're doing the best we can to keep things healthy for the kids and our =
families," Benjamin said.

Confidentiality rules keep him from talking about specifics of the =
cases, Benjamin said, noting the agency that deals with 3,000 families a =
year -- but does not commonly see such egregious criminal accusations.

"It's very unusual to happen at all," Benjamin said.

Longmont police Cmdr. Craig Earhart said social services workers called =
for help earlier this week while investigating possible abuse of the =
4-month-old boy. After a visit Tuesday didn't see anything unusual, =
social workers returned the next day, Earhart said, and found bruises on =
the infant.

They told the parents to take the baby to the hospital, where the broken =
bones were discovered.

The baby boy's 20-year-old mother is not suspected in the abuse, Earhart =
said.

Dikkers was arrested after police were called on a welfare check of the =
8-month-old. Officers took custody of the baby boy right away because of =
obvious bruising, Earhart said. The child was taken to Children's =
Hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery, Earhart =
said.

Both babies now are in foster care.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Christine Reid at 303-473-1355 or =
reidc@dailycamera.com.

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<P class=3Dbyline><BR>Saturday, December 29, 2007 </P>
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<P>A 23-year-old father is accused of breaking his 4-month-old son's =
legs -- the=20
second report of significant infant abuse this month at a homeless =
shelter for=20
families in Longmont.</P>
<P>Carlos Eduardo Castillo-Lopez was advised of his rights Friday by a =
judge at=20
the Boulder County Jail following his arrest the day before at the =
Atwood=20
Shelter, 819 Atwood St.</P>
<P>Police say Castillo-Lopez broke his baby boy's fibia bones near his =
knees by=20
shaking him while he was in his car seat. Castillo-Lopez is being held =
in lieu=20
of $15,000 bond, and is scheduled to be charged Wednesday.</P>
<P>Earlier this month, Jetley Dikkers, 26, was charged with eight felony =

child-abuse charges after being accused of breaking his 8-month-old =
stepson's=20
skull, ribs and femur, as well as lacerating the baby's liver. He is =
being=20
jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond.</P>
<P>Dikkers is slated to be in court Feb. 7 for a preliminary =
hearing.</P>
<P>The arrests are concerning to those running the shelter, said Terry =
Benjamin,=20
director of nonprofit Emergency Family Assistance Association, which =
operates=20
the facility.</P>
<P>"We're doing the best we can to keep things healthy for the kids and =
our=20
families," Benjamin said.</P>
<P>Confidentiality rules keep him from talking about specifics of the =
cases,=20
Benjamin said, noting the agency that deals with 3,000 families a year =
-- but=20
does not commonly see such egregious criminal accusations.</P>
<P>"It's very unusual to happen at all," Benjamin said.</P>
<P>Longmont police Cmdr. Craig Earhart said social services workers =
called for=20
help earlier this week while investigating possible abuse of the =
4-month-old=20
boy. After a visit Tuesday didn't see anything unusual, social workers =
returned=20
the next day, Earhart said, and found bruises on the infant.</P>
<P>They told the parents to take the baby to the hospital, where the =
broken=20
bones were discovered.</P>
<P>The baby boy's 20-year-old mother is not suspected in the abuse, =
Earhart=20
said.</P>
<P>Dikkers was arrested after police were called on a welfare check of =
the=20
8-month-old. Officers took custody of the baby boy right away because of =
obvious=20
bruising, Earhart said. The child was taken to Children's Hospital for =
treatment=20
and is expected to make a full recovery, Earhart said.</P>
<P>Both babies now are in foster care.</P>
<P><EM>Contact Camera Staff Writer Christine Reid at 303-473-1355 or <A=20
href=3D"mailto:reidc@dailycamera.com"><STRONG><FONT=20
color=3D#2a726c>reidc@dailycamera.com</FONT></STRONG></A>.</EM></P></DIV>=
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